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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 897872, 6 pages
Research Article

Preliminary Results on the Use of Leather Chrome Shavings for Air Passive Sampling

1Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Valencia, Research Building, 50th Dr. Moliner Street, 46100 Burjassot, Spain
2Département de Chimie, Faculté des Sciences d'El Jadida, Université Chouaïb Doukkali, B.P. 20, 24000 El Jadida, Morocco

Received 2 May 2012; Revised 18 May 2012; Accepted 2 June 2012

Academic Editor: Kea-Tiong Tang

Copyright © 2012 D. Sanjuán-Herráez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A new passive sampler based on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) layflat tube filled with chrome shavings from tannery waste residues was evaluated to determine volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor and outdoor areas. VOCs were directly determined by head space-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS) without any pretreatment of the sampler and avoiding the use of solvents. Limit of detection values ranging from 20 to 75 ng sampler−1 and good repeatability values were obtained for VOCs under study with relative standard deviation values from 2.8 to 9.6% except for carbon disulfide for which it was 22.5%. The effect of the amount of chrome shavings per sampler was studied and results were compared with those obtained using empty LDPE tubes, to demonstrate the capacity of chrome shavings to adsorb VOCs.